Mazda CX-3 Akari
The Mazda CX-3 may have been beaten by Nissan, Renault, Honda and Holden, but its late arrival doesn’t seem to hurt at all. This mini SUV joins a line of Mazda cars that are distributing bloody noses to its rivals using a combination of looks, prices and specifications.
The CX-3 fits the rest of the range while hoping to carry the CX-5’s superior dynamics in a smaller package.
There is a somewhat bewildered CX-3 series, powered by a 2.0-liter SkyActiv petrol engine or a 1.5-liter turbo-diesel engine. You can get a bare-bones front-wheel drive Neo for $ 19,990 or blow almost twice as much as the Akari automatic four-wheel drive. The big seller is Maxx AWD for around $ 27,000, giving or receiving a few dollars depending on the connection.
We landed at the highest level Akari. This trim level is available with either engine, manual (petrol only) or automatic and drives the front or all wheels. Our Akari front-wheel drive petrol weighs $ 33,290.
This includes 18-inch alloys, six-speaker stereo with USB and Bluetooth, rear camera and reversing sensor, keyless start and start, cruise control, LED fog lights and headlights , sat-nav, head-up display, powering everything, automatic wipers and headlights, leather upholstery, sunroof (tidy package) and comprehensive safety package.
It is beautiful and sporty, with a good mix of important Mazda design elements
There is only one option (safety package is optional on the lower edges), the evergreen bargain is the Soul Red metallic paint of $ 200.
The Mazda CX-3 had a unique bad angle with it, especially in this Akari trim with large alloys and many body-colored exterior parts. It looks beautiful and sporty, with a good mix of Mazda’s key design elements, and manages to shrink the CX-5 without being desperate.
Light on the bling and with a few unpainted body bits, it also avoids the cliché of a mini SUV when trying to look big. Having a rich palette of colors, our car appears in an incredibly cool ceramic layer, a color that changes subtly with light and looks like an eggshell.
Inside is the contemporary Mazda, which means clean design and good ergonomics, with Peugeot-like flair to mix motifs to keep things interesting. In addition, there’s a Peugeot-like knack for providing annoying dashboard, in this case, Mazda’s central dial, which drives some of ‘2 and 3 – instruments Too small packed in a big space.
Accommodation is sufficient if not extended, with head room and shoulders missing a bit in the back, but children will be completely happy. The rear steering is good while there’s enough space to shuffle your feet under the front seats. Sadly, there are no air vents back here, which could mean some time sweating behind.
The boot is sufficient with a small 264-liter hatch (it doubles the Mazda 2 by only 8 liters), extending to 1174 when the seat is dropped. It has a convenient fake floor, under which you can hang laptops, tablets and anything you want to hide that will almost fit a depth of about 10cm.
The front seats are very comfortable, but unfortunately there is no armrest – a problem shared with its rival, Renault Captur, for example – making a long-distance proposition less attractive. Overall, the cabin is light for storage. There are only two cups in the front and no one in the back, even without handrails for balancing drinks – although that might be like
Donith is so excited about the top display – it’s also projected onto a small retractable glass blade and is especially useful but means you don’t have to use the silly main control panel to check speed. mine.
Six airbags, blind spot sensor, brake assist, stability and traction control, rear traffic warning, minimize forward and reverse collisions, brake force distribution, ABS, hill hold, lane departure warning.
It’s not a bad engine but it doesn’t sound very good, with an annoying buzz when entering the cabin
CX-3 earns five stars ANCAP.
The Mazda Z MZD-Connect prides itself on its position on the 7.0-inch screen mounted on the dashboard. It is controlled by touching the screen or dial on the console, refreshed and bewildered at the same time. Like Holden Trax, it can connect to your phone, various matching apps like Pandora, but has its own sat-nav.
The front wheels of Akari, powered by a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, have a capacity of 2.0 liters, equivalent to 109kW and 192Nm, from standard unleaded.
With i-Stop (stop-start) and a six-speed automatic transmission, Mazda claims a combined average of 6.1L / 100km and 0-100km / h time of just under nine seconds.